We drove our weekend guest to the airport this morning. It is one of world’s most beautiful airport drives, along the north bank of the Moruya River Estuary. Luckily I had the little new camera with me, so we stopped here and there on the way back into town to capture a few images.
Our skies are still smoky from bushfires further south, so the morning colours were subdued. If we are meeting the earlier flight the river is often sheathed in mist, but today it was clear, and the tide was low. Boats resting at anchor looked absolutely still.
Once this section of road was used for an expensive car commercial. I am sure they looked good winding around the gentle curves of the river. Our end of summer brown grasses and roadside weeds flowering make a perfect foreground, while the Great Dividing Range, source of the river, rises up in the far distance.
Oysters grow wild along the shores, here encrusting a wagon once used to pull cargo or barges ashore. Many thousands of tons of Moruya granite was shipped from the riverside quarry and sent to Sydney in the early part of the last century for the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Cenotaph. One old barge still lies half submerged in the water near Malabar Weir.
These days trafffic in the river is usually recreational. A variety of boats are anchored along the edges, while canoes, kayaks, and small fishing dinghies can often be seen, and several dragon boats train in the river on Saturday mornings.
We are lucky that our airport, very small, is tucked behind the sand dunes at North Head, adjacent to a campground that is very popular all year around. Can you imagine being a farmer or grazier with your own plane, and flying to the beach at Moruya for your week’s holiday? Hmmm, not bad! There are usually three commercial flights a day, by Regional Express Airlines, that link us to Sydney and Merimbula. I love to have a window seat and photograph the coast after take-off. Today it was not me flying, but I hope you have enjoyed some views of the river from the road to the airport. There is one more I will share tomorrow.